Toothpaste is toothpaste, or is it? There are so many pastes on the market today shopping for toothpaste can make your head spin. Do you wonder if they do what they claim? Some claim to whiten, some are for sensitive teeth, and others claim to help protect against gum disease. Which toothpaste are you using? Which toothpaste should you be using? Find out which toothpaste is right for you by taking our quiz.
True or False?
- True or False: If you are prone to cavities you should use fluoride toothpaste.
- True or False: Whitening toothpastes can show results.
- True or False: Toothpastes for sensitive teeth don’t often work.
- True or False: All toothpastes reduce your risk of periodontal disease.
- True or False: You should buy toothpaste with the ADA seal of approval.
- True: Fluoride has been proven to help fight cavities. Fluoride reverses the earliest stages of tooth decay by remineralizing tooth enamel, and it helps to strengthen your teeth. Everyone over the age of five should use fluoridated toothpaste.
- True: Whitening toothpastes remove surface stains by using abrasives such as silica or calcium carbonate. They also contain carbamide peroxide or tripolyphsophate which help dissolve surface stains.
- False: Toothpastes for sensitive teeth usually contain potassium nitrate or strontium chloride, which help reduce sensitivity to hot and cold substances by blocking the sensations from the tooth surface to the nerve.
- True: While brushing and flossing does help reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease, for individuals with gingivitis or who have developed periodontal disease the ingredients in toothpastes that claim to help control gum disease can be helpful. Such ingredients include zinc citrate, pyrophosphates, and triclosan to help control excessive tartar buildup.
- True: The ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval indicates that the product underwent voluntary testing for safety and effectiveness.
About Dr. Jeffrey Allen
Dr. Jeffrey Allen provides comfortable dental care to patients of all ages. Call (641) 628-1121 today to schedule a checkup and cleaning, cosmetic consultation, or second-opinion visit. We are located on the west side of the historic town square in Pella, IA. Please see the map for directions.